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Just Drive: Why You Need to Take a Road Trip – This is UGG

“[…]the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes ‘Awww!’”

-Jack Kerouac, On the Road

By the time Jack Kerouac’s On the Road was published in 1957, the road trip was already cemented in Americana. It was actually during the 1920’s and 30’s that automobiles surged in popularity, and what had previously been treacherous topography became nicely paved roads, allowing middle and upper class Americans to escape from cramped, noisy cities to the countryside. So no, Kerouac was not the revolutionary vagabond your high school self made him out to be. What he and his novel did do, however, was to reclaim the road from the bourgeois and establish it as a space for the outliers of society—the poets, the artists, the creatives, the “mad ones.”

The road trip has become an iconic—and intrinsically American—rite of passage, usually bookmarking your 20’s. (That or “backpacking” through another continent.) And it’s perhaps more important now than ever, especially as our cars and roads have become so wrapped up in the mundane, the everyday stresses, like commuting, sitting in traffic, running errands, searching for parking, etc. There’s little sense of community, little appreciation for the magic. Just think about how much freedom you have behind the wheel. Why not own it with a road trip? Here are a few reasons you should get in touch with your inner beatnik and drive.

Model wears the Freamon in Chestnut while resting on the trunk of a car.

Reconnect
Most of the time an average person spends in a car is spent alone. Change that. The company you keep marks the difference between a good road trip and a great one. Invite a friend or significant other to share in the adventure. This person may encourage you to do something you wouldn’t normally do or stop somewhere off the originally mapped route. Take turns deejaying, exploring each other’s taste in music and podcasts. Enjoy the deep conversations that inevitably ensue from hours together as well as the silences. You’ll end up learning just as much about yourself as you would this other person.

Gather Inspiration
You know how sometimes your brain just shifts to autopilot while driving? You still use your turn signal and brake when needed, but you don’t really have to think about it. This is prime time to let your mind wander. Let it expand with the horizon. Reflect. And once you’ve stopped, journal your thoughts. You’ll also want to take plenty of photos. By disconnecting from your routine and seeing and experiencing new things, you’ll clear your head and make room for more creativity.

Create New Stories
People who have gone on road trips always have the best stories to tell. (At least in our experience.) The serendipity of discovering the best meal in some town you’ve never heard of or meeting interesting people at some dive bar—that’s all out there just waiting to be discovered.

As Kerouac wrote, “The road is life.” So pack the essentials and dedicate at least a long weekend to living it. You just might rediscover whatever it is that makes you one of the mad ones.

Model wears the Adley Perf Stardust and smiles while looking out from the passenger seat.